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    8 candies that make dental professionals scream

    'Tis the season of candy, candy and more candy—much to dental professionals' dismay. Here are the worst-of-the-worst treats for dental health.




    This candy lives up to its name: The hard sweet can break a jaw, or induce intense jaw pain in dental professionals who are clenching their teeth in frustration. In addition to being hard enough to crack a tooth, jawbreakers are the pinnacle of long-lasting candy. Because they can be never-ending (just ask Willy Wonka), jawbreakers expose dentition to sugar for an unhealthy amount of time—giving bacteria an all-access pass to the 36 grams of sugar in each half-inch candy.

    Don’t even get us started on the enormous jawbreakers that can take weeks, months or even years to finish.



    Laura Dorr
    Laura Dorr is the executive editor of DPR's Modern Dental Network.


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